Friday, January 13, 2006

New Horizons Prepped and Ready

Not to take away from the glory that has been the Stardust mission, but the first-ever mission to Pluto is due to launch on January 17.

New Horizons is state-of-the-art, including a radioisotope thermoelectric generator and a suite of sensors. It will slingshot around Jupiter and shoot straight for Pluto...If all goes well.

If something should prevent this launch, NASA's next attempt will come in 2007, meaning the ship will miss the Jupiter-slingshot opportunity, taking three years longer to reach its destination...

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